China Establishes Seventh National Supercomputing Center

By Staff report

May 16, 2019

Chinese media is reporting that China will construct a new National Supercomputer Center in Zhengzhou, in central China’s Henan Province. The new Zhengzhou facility will house a 100-petaflops supercomputer and will be tasked with supporting the industrial transformation and development of Henan Province. Key application areas include artificial intelligence, equipment manufacturing, precision medicine and genetics research.

The project is scheduled to be finished in the first half of 2020 with Zhengzhou University overseeing the construction and operation.

The Zhengzhou facility is China’s seventh national supercomputer center. The others are in the cities of Wuxi (home to Taihulight), Guangzhou (home to Tianhe-2A), Tianjin, Shenzhen, Jinan, and Changsha. Tianjin and Shenzhen have been designated as potential exascale sites as has the city of Qingdao, a major seaport in Shandong Province that is not the site of a national center.

The National Supercomputing Center Zhengzhou was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology and will rely on “self-controllable” Chinese technology, according to Science and Technology Daily.

Feature image: the entrance to the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, home of the Taihulight system, the 93-petaflops (Linpack) Sunway computer that was the fastest in the world from June 2016 through June 2018.

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